- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (January 30, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393079619
- ISBN-13: 978-0393079616
- Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.7 x 7.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking Hardcover – January 30, 2012
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The Eisenhower Matrix, one of the first introduced in the book is a helpful model, as is a SWOT analysis. However, the constraints the authors imposed on themselves prevented even an elementary discussion about the use of SWOT tables. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs model is presented, and certainly this deserves more than a page for an introduction! Many of the models were new to me, and more helpful explanations about the more complex ones are needed to make a book such as this one truly useful.
To be fair, the book did include a bibliography, but the books cited did not necessarily lead back to all of the models that had been discussed. Some more supplementary material could be gleaned from the Sources section in which the authors give credit for the illustrations used in the book. However, why is so much detective work necessary? In lieu of the abbreviated introductions, I think the authors should have provided more robust bibliographies or "further readings" section on each of the models. Or, better yet, maybe they could have abandoned the unnecessarily restrictive constraints they imposed on themselves and wrote better explanations for the models presented.
I purchased this book because I have impaired executive functioning, and difficulties in decision-making is one of the characteristics of this syndrome. I had hoped to find a bounty of models that would help structure my decision-making processes. Although the book did have a useful tidbit or two, it was largely a disappointment and did not come anywhere near to my hopes for the book. I would recommend this book only for those looking for a mechanism for finding useful models which, once named, can be studied further in other resources.
Comes as a small hardback of fine quality, and good paper stock.
- Is for Decision makers, not jokers
- Shows a line, you have to build the bridge (Believe me, the needed contents are well delivered in this book)
- Can be best utilised if one by one the models are put to practice and the effects or results are observed
- Is an amazing material for Life coaches and Counselors
Lay out, structure 4/5
Value for money 5/5
Usefulness 4.9/5 (Subjective)
Flick to a page and ponder how you can arrange your mental landscape to better effect.
If you don't like/need what's on that page, flick to another.
This book is good at changing how you assess things and plan in response.
I dig it.